Yesterday was Opal Whiteley‘s birthday. She was born in Washington, grew up in an Oregon logging camp, and is most well-known for her diary and her assertion that she was an adopted French princess. Her complete diary can be found online and there is a wealth of information about her life at the Opal Whiteley Memorial Page.
Today is Gustave Flaubert‘s birthday, but he was not an Oregonian. He really was French. However, he did once say:“Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.”
And there are bears in Oregon. So, see, we’re all connected.
Opal and Gustave lived many years ago. Here’s a few more current literary publications:
Edwin Battistella, 2006 Oregon Book Awards finalist for Bad Language, has an essay in the current issue of Oregon Humanities. Oregon Humanities submission guidelines can be found here.
Monica Drake, 2007 Oregon Book Awards finalist for her novel Clown Girl, has an essay in the latest issue of the Northwest Review. The Northwest Review’s submission guidelines can be found here.
January 31st is the deadline to submit essays to Oregon Quarterly’s 2009 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest. Last year’s winner in the Open Category was Ellen Waterston. You can download the winning essays from 2008 here.
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